JCYF Check Ceremony - February 26, 2012

Over 550 people were in attendance as the Jewish Community Youth Foundation (JCYF) marked completion of its ninth year at its annual Philanthropy Fair and Check Presentation Ceremony, held Feb. 26 at Robbinsville High School. A total of $66,960 was distributed to 20 programs by 160 area teens representing 12 Middle Schools, 23 High Schools and 13 Synagogues. For the complete rundown on the funds allocation, visit the Recipients page!

Samara Wright of Princeton, a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh and a 2010 JCYF graduate, won the second annual JCYF Distinguished Alumni Award for her commitment to the Jewish community and her participation in many philanthropic and community service activities. She received $720 (through award money and matched funds), which she will donate to Hadassah Hospital. Samara is studying in Israel this semester, at Hebrew University, and while visiting, she was really moved by Hadassah Hospital, and the way it treats all patients equally regardless of race, religion, or nationality. Samara views Hadassah Hospital as a great hope for peace.

The night also highlighted JCYF's nine years of giving. Since JCYF's inception, participants have donated over $391,000 to 47 different Jewish programs. The event ended by honoring the 31 JCYF graduating seniors. Molly Fisch-Friedman of Princeton Junction, Lauren Soffen of Princeton, Eli Pollack of Yardley and Jessica Rubinstein of Lawrenceville addressed the audience reflecting on their 5 years of participation in the program. Eli Pollack stated, "I will miss the fact that every time I left a late Sunday night meeting, I could leave with the satisfaction of knowing that somewhere in the world, the money that we donate is going to make a difference, and that there is a person who is very grateful for the help that we are lending to them."